Constantly in My Thoughts
Monday - August 17th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Psalm 77:10-12
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:17-20
Your wonderful deeds are
constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about
your mighty works.
Psalm 77:12 (NLT)
Juan Garcia Vasquez broke a window in an elderly woman's house early Saturday morning, July 10, 2004. The crash woke the 73-year-old Lafayette, CA woman, who opened her door to the stranger. As she did so, Vasquez grabbed her to muffle her screams. He also forced his way inside her home. After calming down, the pair found they did not speak the same language.
When Vasquez, who does not speak English well, indicated he was hungry, the woman, who does not speak Spanish, offered him something to eat. After the thief ate a banana and drank a glass of milk provided by the grandmother, she started showing him photos and telling him stories of her family. She also shared religious pictures with him and began praying next to him. At one point, Vasquez used the woman's bathroom. After sitting back down, he quickly fell asleep.
The woman then fled to the bathroom with a phone and barricaded the door. She had promised Vasquez she would not call the police. Instead, she called her daughter, who called the police. Help arrived around 2:45 a.m. When the would-be robber awakened, police standing over him took Vasquez into custody.
When asked by police how she kept her cool through such a horrible ordeal, she said she chose to think about the good things God had done for her and her family. She said the situation became terrifying if she focused more on the bad things she was experiencing in the moment rather than the good things of God.
What perspective! She found strength and endurance by continually thinking about the blessings of her life rather than the troubles. In our third day to let Psalm 77 speak into our lives, we find the grandmother's perspective during the burglary attempt parallels what the Psalmist, Asaph, says about dealing with life's overwhelming pain. "Your wonderful deeds are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works" (Psalm 77:12 NLT).
When the bad things of life could easily block out God's blessings, intentionally concentrate, like the grandmother being robbed, on His blessings even more. It may not remove the immediate danger or the bad in your life, but it will give you peace to handle whatever life throws at you. Counting our blessings can keep our emotions calm and our minds clear.
Whatever you face today, let your heart and mind constantly focus on the good things. It is not easy when you are facing the bad things in real-time. It is essential to have balance, peace, and sanity in a world full of noise and sinful people.
Make a list of the good things in your life and thank God for them. Choose to review them in your mind when circumstances could easily overwhelm you.
Satan wants you to focus more on the bad things in your life than the good things God has done for you!